A Gem of a Book- to be savored for the rare delight it is!
Now, you know, I read A LOT and write a lot of book reviews- and for every 10 I read, 7 feel worth recommending, but every 50 or maybe 100- a book comes along that takes my breath away. It becomes a book that I wish I could go back in time and read for the first time again. This is one of those rare, exquisite books- and somewhat annoyingly, it’s categorized as YA fiction
. Sure- the main characters are under the legal drinking age in the US, but their story is one that will resonate, and sometimes cut, the heart of anyone who has lived through the journey from child to adult. It’s “young adult” in the same way that a story about a child solider would be. And similarly, it’s a book about living with death or perhaps living in spite of death.
The book is by turns funny, sarcastic, erudite, achingly sad, and hopeful. It’s not a light read, but it is easy to fly through it and as I finished it last night- by turns telling myself to close my iPad and take just one more day to savor the story… I couldn’t do it. I had to push through to the end, even though I knew finishing it would leave me with that hollow feeling of losing a friend. This book and the luminous characters will live on in your imagination and you’ll feel lucky to have met them. But, be warned- it’s beautiful the way a Japanese Tsukiji knife is- incredible to experience, but it will cut and probably so swiftly that you won’t know until you see a tiny red trail across your finger.
If you read it and don’t enjoy it- don’t tell me because I will judge your taste in literature.. and none too kindly.